At Boston Rolfer, certified professional Diana Phillips applies pressure to the corpus to loosen up webs of connective tissue. Rolfing applies deliberate, directed pressure to lengthen the body’s fascia, with the aim of improving posture, eliminating pain, and increasing slam-dunk ability. Phillips takes a holistic approach to healing, tracing discomforts to their source while netting convalescent results throughout the body. Check Boston Rolfer’s FAQ page for details of the treatment as well as special stretching tips for satyr legs and minotaur shoulders.
As a life coach, Reiki practitioner, and licensed massage therapist,?Concepta McNamara loves helping her clients transform for the better.?At My Spa 2, she focuses on reducing clients' pain and anxiety, increasing their energy, and helping them unwind through massage therapy. Clients begin by choosing a gentle Swedish massage or a massage that uses firm, deep-tissue pressure. Then, they may add in other modalities, such as trigger-point or myofascial-release therapy, to these basic styles.
Tired talons and toe tips are expertly shaped and pampered at Wellesley Nails by Selma. The experience, which can last up to 90 minutes, kicks off with a tea-tree-oil soak, leaving hands softer than a velvet marshmallow. Sock stuffers are prepped for pampering with a fruit-extract exfoliating scrub and gently prodded with a circulatory massage, leaving the oft-abused appendages smooth and pulsing with life. A trained nail technician curtails cuticles and trims tips before covering digits in a chosen hue from such lines as OPI and Essie, which are free of formaldehyde, fumes, and rabid, foaming pigment.
Founded by Helena and Elie Cohen—a master colorist and stylist, respectively—Ardan Medspa + Salon has earned recurring coverage in publications such as Allure and Boston Common and a variety of Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine for five straight years. Within the salon, the duo and fellow stylists treat manes to designer cuts, color treatments, and other hair services.
Under a physician's guidance, Clinical Director Susan Fallon and her team also use advanced products in their med-spa services, such as the DermaSweep clinical facial that deeply exfoliates without the crystals of microdermabrasion or the chemical solutions of a peel. Further med-spa services include Vaser, and SmartLipo, the latest medical innovations for body sculpting and fat removal.
The studio surrounds guests with relaxing, warm tones and curved lines that create a sweeping, upward energy, encouraging visitors to release their stress and any helium-filled balloons they carried in.
The staff at Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics believes that beauty should be effortless, which is why they've curated a selection of services designed to minimize time in front of the makeup mirror. Permanent makeup artist Julia enhances eyes and lips with hypoallergenic ion-oxide pigments custom-matched to the client’s skin-tone and cosmetic preference. Instead of relying on a machine or stencils, Julia performs the tattoo-like procedure by hand, allowing her to impart a soft, natural look and even mimic the look of individual eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, lash specialists enhance flutterers with everything from semi-permanent extensions to lash dipping—a process that allows clients to ditch their mascara for up to six weeks. Pigmenta’s staff also invites customers to stop in for quick threading sessions, where sturdy lengths of thread allow aestheticians to swiftly remove excess hair from the face and brows or quickly sew it back on if the client changes their mind.
As its name implies, East West Massage Therapy uses body-work techniques from around the world to relax and heal clients. Their team of licensed massage therapists specialize in relieving muscle and joint tension using a variety of massage modalities, including deep-tissue and neuromuscular massage, as well as Eastern modalities, including joint-mobilizing Thai massage and high-pressure shiatsu. Reiki masters and body workers, meanwhile, employ other traditional Eastern medicine and chiropractic techniques to relieve pain. Semi-private yoga classes help visitors take an active role in their relaxation without having to pen their own self-help books. Clients can also unwind in an on-site dry-wet cedar sauna, where the traditional process of pouring water over super-heated rocks creates therapeutic steam.